IAM RoadSmart is putting the finishing touches on a project funded by the Department of Transport designed to investigate the opinions of older drivers and ex-drivers on their relationship with their cars and when and why they plan to give up driving.
The aim is to provide an insight into the type of campaigns and policies that would be most effective in keeping older drivers mobile and independent, in particular those over the age of 70. We are working with Dr Carol Hawley of the University of Warwick who has already carried out an online survey on the opinions and experiences of over 3000 older drivers. The next phase is to test some of the findings on a smaller group of older people in a workshop setting. Due to COVID-19, this phase has been delayed, we hoped to have face to face meetings however this will now be carried out on an online facility for example Zoom or similar.
Neil Greig and Rebecca Ashton both gave presentations on the project to the Older Drivers Forum recently and you can view the events here.
These events kick-started our drive to recruit workshop attendees and was a great success with nearly 60 people contacting us asking to take part. We would also like to offer our older IAM RoadSmart members (70+) the opportunity to join us at these events. The workshops will take place in the next few months and would last an hour or so. Your input could have a real influence on future government policy so if you would be interested in taking part please click the button below to enquire.